Deb Claxton grew up reading
the humor columns of Erma Bombeck who inspired her dream of finding a
husband, living in the suburbs, and having three annoying children.
When that didn’t work out she became a humor writer/newspaper
reporter/ photographer instead.
do zombies, the Mayan Calendar, deathbed confessions, and Christmas all
have in common? They’re just some of the subjects Deb Claxton tackles
with her unique brand of humor in, “It Ain’t Heavy –It’s The Lite
Side.” For three years Claxton wrote a weekly humor column called “98%
Fat Free – The Lite Side.” At the request of her fans, she took her
most popular columns along with a lot of new material and published it
in her book which takes a humorous look at taxes, sharing too much
information, back to school shopping, holidays, movies, music, and much
She is also the contributor
to a new Humor Anthology, “My Funny Major Medical.” They say laughter
is the best medicine especially since there’s no co-pay. “My
Funny Major Medical” gives everyone something to laugh at with a variety of stories by some of today’s funniest writers.
Claxton retired from the newspaper business but she continues to
spread her wacky view of the world through her blog, which can be
accessed via her Website/Blog at www.debclaxton.com. She’s also on Facebook and Twitter @calendarday.
been writing since I was fourteen, and been published a handful of
times between there and here, but there still remains that age old
question: What do I do to get published?
have sought different remedies, and tried everything under the rainbow.
But the answer is really quite simple--so simple, most people overlook
In order to get published you have to do... what you love.
roll your eyes. Passion, from my experience, IS the key to success. Of
course, that implies the old cliches everyone knows (if you work in what
you love, you'll never work another day in your
life). But I really think writing about what you love, and then sending
your work to people who love the same things as you... that's when you
can get published.
example, take my short story, "Being Practical" that was recently
published by Wayman Publishing in Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales.
When I wrote that piece, I didn't do it because an anthology was looking
for fairy tale pieces. I didn't even know that the anthology existed. I
wrote "Being Practical" because earlier that week, I was doing what I
love: sitting on a couch, watching old fairy tales with my friends
(including Rosie Hendrickson, whose short story can also be found in
this same anthology), and making fun of bad acting and impractical movie bits that
all good old 80s
films have. My friends and I joked so much about the impracticality of
Cinderella (Why is the carriage always white when made from an orange
pumpkin? Why doesn't Cinderella freak out when a strange lady appears in
her house? Why can Cinderella never find her own way to the ball?) that I decided to write about it. I wrote the first draft of "Being
Practical" for the enjoyment of my friends, and most especially because I
knew I would love writing a spoof of Cinderella (I'm a sap for fairy
tales). When my friends enjoyed my short story, I began searching for
contests/anthologies to enter "Being Practical" into, and stumbled
across one Fractured Fairy Tales Anthology. After a great deal of
editing (I was 2000 words over limit) I submitted my fairy tale to
Wayman Publishing. It was accepted.
will take you far enough, desire and dedication will too. But if you
really want to be published, you must be passionate about what you
write, and then find other people who are passionate about what you
write. Simply put, getting published is about... being practical...
About the Author
Kay was born and raised in North Salt Lake, Utah, as an avid lover of
horses, words, chocolate, and puns. She’s had a recent obsession with
fairytales, especially the ones with happy endings. Currently she’s
attending Utah Valley University to complete her BA in English while
seeking to get her young adult novels (which, to match her obsession,
are fairytale retellings) published. Kimberly has previously been
published at Stories for Children Magazine (http://storiesforchildren.tripod.com/).
Robert G. Ferrell is a
lifelong computer geek and amateur radio operator (KF5SAR) living just
outside San Antonio, Texas who also exhibits avid interest in writing,
history, quantum physics, music, art, and ornithology. He was a finalist
for the 2011 Robert Benchley Society Humor Writing Award and has been a
humor columnist for ;Login: Magazine since 2006. He has several dozen
publications to his credit, the scope and range of which can only be
described as eclectic. Or possibly, dyslexic. Links: Site, Twitter, Blog, 8baud Blog
Wayman received this email the first day the anthology came out:
"I just readThe Little Red Hen Moves to
Beverly Hills. I LOVED it!"
Here's a review left on Linkedin:
"The third story in this
anthology might be the best short story I have ever read. I have got to
find out if the author has written any other stories, so I can read
them. If this is the first story the author has had published; I'm
begging him [if you haven't started writing your next story yet]; wtf
are you waiting for!? Get started already!"
5-star Reviews on Amazon: "I especially liked Hanzel and Gretyl: A Boomer Fairy Tale. Kudos to author Timothy Hurley, M.D. Fairy tale meets modern suspense thriller combining Brothers Grimm, Abbot & Costello and an iPhone." --Deborah S. Marcus
"Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales is an eclectic compilation of
clever, funny & imaginative (& sometimes, even a little scary)
takeoffs on well known nursery rhymes & fairy tales. Give yourself
and/or your friends a treat & buy this book. It was an absolute joy
to read!" --Fishducky
"All I can say is, wow! I had no idea there would be this many stories
combined into this book. And what is even more impressive, is all are
top notch. There are a ton of different writing styles, which allows for
everyone to find something they like. Fairy tales have never been so
colorful. Add to your must buy list today!" --Pat Hatt author of The Honk of Zagonk
"Fun book to read! Such fun, interesting variations to the fairy tales!
Especially loved the story by Debra Kristi ;The Lonely Egg. Very good
writing skills! Such a beautiful story! Anyone would love these stories! Some made me laugh out loud! Loved the humor and other touching stories. They warm your heart! Highly recommend!"